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Kiva Roddy

Career Path: Landlady, The Green Inn
Location: Skelton, UK

I graduated in 2018 then became the 'head of guest appreciation' in a hotel in Stokesley. I was then sent by the company I was working for to their hotel in Darlington, where I was Acting Manager. From there, I worked at a few morePublic House's until I set up my own pub with my boyfriend in Skelton Green. I am now the Landlady of a Public House a year after graduating with staff and am planning to buy the pub.

What are you doing now?Kiva Roddy

I am the Landlady of The Green Inn.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

It was close to my parents' house, and I knew a lot of people going there. They also offered a course that vaguely tied into my A levels.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The academic side of Northumbria was mainly lectures, and I was on a big course with little contact time. However this left a lot of time for socialisation and participation in societies - which was much more helpful to the line of work I have ended up in.

What was the best thing about your course?

Little commitment. I had so much free time I could do so many extra-curricular activities which I wouldn't have been able to do on a different course.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

My dissertation was about the struggles of young entrepreneurs in the North-East of England, and now I am one. It prepared me for what was ahead from other people's experience, and also gave me lots of tips that I received from others.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

I write very well for a Landlady. I am much more mature than others my age.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Societies. I was president of the Pole Society, which was brilliant experience for an entrepreneur.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Get involved. It's no fun without it.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Wild, stressful and fun.

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